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AdSense Disabled In Google Cache
Where Did The Ads Go? Where's The Money?
incrediBILL




msg:3731843
 7:31 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

We used to all complain about AdSense displaying off topic ads when your page was displayed in the Google cache.

That's no longer a problem because it appears all ads in the content network are now disabled when you display pages with AdSense via Google cache links.

Now the fact that cached pages used to display off topic ads was silly because Google knew where the pages came from so there was no rhyme or reason that AdSense would go off topic whatsoever unless there was an internal disconnect between Google Search and AdSense. This made no sense anyway because Google claims both Googlebot and AdSense Mediabot share the same cache of the pages, so it never made sense because both the webmasters and Google were losing money from this ridiculous situation.

Now, the pages with AdSense display nothing whatsoever so it's a complete loss for all involved.

No PSA, no off target ads, just a big blank spot making us all look stupid.

There is one caveat to this in that I've seen a couple of premium publisher sites still displaying AdSense ads in the cache, but none of the 30+ publisher sites I tested for regular AdSense ads showed anything at all in Google cache.

Personally, I'd prefer the ads enabled when cached pages are viewed and the same ads properly displayed that would be seen on the same page when in context of the website, so everyone involved could make some money, but that's no longer an option.

What's the reason for this current change?

Could it be a simple technical malfunction?

Is it possible that AdSense in cache was disabled so that the cache pages are truly "fair use" and Google isn't monetizing them?

Could it be a sign of the times [webmasterworld.com] and with some belt tightening that Google doesn't want to share revenue when the visitors are on their site? Are they trying to get 100% of the PPC revenue when the visitor clicks BACK out of the cache?

No clue, purely tossing ideas around.

I'm not sure of the reason, but it's a huge change without as much as a peep about it from anyone anywhere!

 

dirkji




msg:3731854
 7:54 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

The ads show normally for the cache of my site...

incrediBILL




msg:3731855
 7:55 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

Really?

I've been picking sites at random and showing them to other people via IM and they report the same results I'm seeing.

Did that just to make sure it wasn't just my computers and browsers.

ken_b




msg:3731860
 8:03 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

I just checked the cache for my homepage and for another similar site. Both were showing ads that were reasonably well targeted.

himalayaswater




msg:3731882
 8:35 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

It may be related to allowed sites feature. If it is enabled ad will only display on selected domain and it will not display on other places.

netmeg




msg:3731886
 8:37 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

Mine too; just checked.

robzilla




msg:3731903
 8:55 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

It may be related to allowed sites feature. If it is enabled ad will only display on selected domain and it will not display on other places.

No, if you use the Allowed Sites feature, ads will still display on sites that are not allowed to show them according to your settings, but impressions and clicks won't be credited to your account.

Oh and ads are showing just fine on Google cache pages (though a little off-topic), so I suppose it makes sense there hasn't been a peep about it from anyone anywhere. Can't think of a reason why they're not showing for you though. Did you provide the other people on IM with a direct link to the Google cache, or did they go there on their own?

icedowl




msg:3731937
 9:47 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

The ads are NOT showing in the cache of one of my sites and the 'allowed sites' feature is and has been turned off for several days.

The cache does show my Google CSE search but it's missing the little Google logo that usually appears inside the box.

incrediBILL




msg:3731987
 11:27 pm on Aug 26, 2008 (gmt 0)

I think they have a bug and the "allowed sites feature" is a good guess.

icedowl




msg:3732047
 1:51 am on Aug 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

I think they have a bug and the "allowed sites feature" is a good guess

How? We're seeing the problem with the "allowed sites feature" turned both on and off the way I'm reading this thread.

username111111




msg:3732151
 5:29 am on Aug 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

No ads showing in my cache

himalayaswater




msg:3732170
 6:15 am on Aug 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've allowed site turned on and ads are not displayed on page copied to .edu and other domain using cache or w/o cache. So I will go with Bill about bug. Lately adsense got few bugs and I'm guessing more site maintenance...

icedowl




msg:3732171
 6:17 am on Aug 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

I've allowed site turned on and ads are not displayed on page

My allowed site is turned OFF and I'm not seeing the ads. I do not think that the allowed site thingy is involved at all.

vordmeister




msg:3732222
 9:09 am on Aug 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

Mine were showing when I last checked. If it's an intentional change it could be propogating across the datacenters so some people can see it and some can't.

I can never see new cool things until a week after they are reported here.

piatkow




msg:3732286
 10:54 am on Aug 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

Still seeing ads on .co.uk, on the other hand the ads are in Italian for my .co.uk site.

HowYesNo




msg:3732730
 7:57 pm on Aug 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

i can see ads in my sites

incrediBILL




msg:3732859
 11:35 pm on Aug 27, 2008 (gmt 0)

i can see ads in my sites

You looked at your sites in Google cache right?

I checked some other people's sites I know today and I'm seeing the javascript is running because those sites are set to collapse the area when the ads don't display, and the full space is made for the ads, it's just blank.

drall




msg:3732904
 12:57 am on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

I can see ads in cache on all of my properties since this was posted.

Edge




msg:3732906
 12:59 am on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

On my competitors website, GG ads do not show on thier homepage, but they do show on deep link pages.

My site has no archive tag on all pages...

[edited by: Edge at 12:59 am (utc) on Aug. 28, 2008]

willybfriendly




msg:3732924
 1:34 am on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

No ads showing in the cache for me.

I have followed all the recent threads about no-cache with great interest. This might just be the tipping point.

frakilk




msg:3733258
 9:54 am on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

I'm still seeing cache ads too.

incrediBILL




msg:3733259
 9:59 am on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

There has to be some reason why some of us see them and some of us don't.

I've passed links to cached pages where I don't see ads to various people and they don't see them as well.

Perhaps I'd see ads in the cache of sites where others see them, hard to know without seeing one!

vordmeister




msg:3733300
 10:21 am on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Wonder if cache date has something to do with it. The ones of mine I looked at are showing a cache from last week.

cornwall




msg:3733464
 2:05 pm on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Certainly caches for 24th Aug is still showing AdSense on cached pages.

Seb7




msg:3733515
 2:49 pm on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

I disabled mine from cache anyhow - using the adsense allowed sites feature as I thought adsense within these kinds of pages maybe getting me smartpriced.

Gomvents




msg:3733590
 3:57 pm on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

could have to do with the Google cache date...

incrediBILL




msg:3733828
 8:15 pm on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Mystery solved!

It's the data center that makes the difference.

If you get cache from here, no AdSense ads display!
http://209.85.141.104/search?q=cache:

If you get cache from here, you get AdSense ads!
http://74.125.95.104/search?q=cache:

So cut & paste your cache query to either of the links above and you should see the different behavior depending on the cache server.

No clue why, but at least we know where it happens now.

Thanks to purplecape for the clue in helping figure this out ;)

frakilk




msg:3733839
 8:33 pm on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

No ads for me either on the first IP. Very interesting.

purplecape




msg:3733849
 8:38 pm on Aug 28, 2008 (gmt 0)

Happy to help, IB.

BillyS




msg:3734006
 12:41 am on Aug 29, 2008 (gmt 0)

>>It may be related to allowed sites feature.

This is the downside of using this feature, you'd have to know all of the Google IP addresses...

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